Rose Mary Murphy

Rose Mary Murphy, 82, of 1675 E. Ash, Canton, passed away on Monday
March 20th at 5:55 am at the Renaissance Care Center, Canton.
Born August 24, 1923 in Canton to Fred Alvin and Maude Alice (Nolan) Kidd, she married William Lyle Murphy on August 18, 1945 in Canton. He passed away on July 5, 2002.
Surviving are one daughter; Mary Ann Murphy of Peoria, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother; Leslie Kidd of Canton, and two sisters; Dollie Campbell of Silvis and Annabelle Knoll of Peoria.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, one daughter; Marsha Rose Murphy, two brothers and two sisters.
She worked for Canton School District #66 as a custodian for 14 years re-
tiring in 1982. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church
in Canton and its United Methodist Women.
Services will be Friday, March 24th at 11:00 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with visitation one hour prior.
Rev. Shane Smith will officiate.
Burial will be at White Chapel Memory Gardens, Canton.
Memorials may be made to her church or to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Bobbie W. Elam

Bobbie W. Elam, 76, of Peoria, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 4:48 am at Proctor Hospital, Peoria. Born, February 11, 1930 in Mulberry Grove, IL to Violet Elam, he married Anna Carmack on June 16, 1956 in Oak Grove, IL. She died Jan. 6, 1998. Also preceding him in death were his mother and two sons; Brian K. Elam and Lester Leroy Elam. Surviving is his uncle; Ben Elam of Hanna City. He was a pressman for Logan Printing in Peoria, retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a veteran serving in the Marine Corps. Graveside Services will be Thursday, March 23rd at 1:00 pm at MacInturff Cemetery, with Pastor Larry Arndt officiating. Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home, Farmington handled the arrangements. Memorials may be made to his church.

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Dorothy E. DeFord

Dorothy E. DeFord, 102 of 625 E. Monroe St. Cuba, IL., formerly of Canton, passed away March 17, 2006 at 8:10am at the Clayberg Nursing Home in Cuba. She was born on January 28, 1904 in rural Canton to Arthur and Ada (Eshelman) Negley. She married Lyle V. DeFord on December 12, 1923 in Canton. She was survived by one son, Chellis L. Deford of Canton, one daughter, Elizabeth “Betty” Biggs of Richardson, TX, one daughter-in-law, Lois DeFord of Helena, MT, 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Donald DeFord, two brothers, Raymond and Lowell Negley and one sister, Lois Adams. She and her husband lived and farmed west of Canton until retirement. She was a member of the Dawn Bible Students Association. She will be remembered for her kind and caring qualities and her faithful Christian devotion. Funeral service will be held Wednesday March 22, 2006 at 10:30am at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6-8:00pm. Elder Allan Allers will officiate. Burial will be in Coal Creek Dunkard Cemetery in rural Fairwiew. Memorials may be made to the Dawn Bible Students Association or donor’s choice.

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Roland J. Meves

Roland J. “Joe” Meves, 84 of 46 S. 17th Ave. Canton, IL. passed away Thursday March 16, 2006 at 9:35am at Heartland Healthcare Center in Canton. He was born February 22, 1922 in Chicago to Otto and Marie (Bibolet) Meves. He married Berniece Floriant. He is survived by one daughter, Bonnie M. McElroy of Chicago, one son, Mark (Michelle C.) Meves Sr. of Canton, four grandchildren, Michelle Meves, Jarrod Gillham, Mark (Maria) Meves Jr. and Christopher Meves, all of Canton, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. He worked as a mail carrier in Chicago for 33 years. He was a member of the Canton American Legion Post #16. He was a WWII veteran. There will be a memorial service Monday March 20, 2006 at 6:00pm at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Canton. Rev. James Offutt will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded. Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton is in charge of the arrangements.

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Norma Jean Brashear

Norma Jean Brashear of Fairview, IL. died on March 13, 2006 at 2:00pm at the Graham Hospital Extended Care Unit. She was born August 25, 1926 in Adair, IL. to Earl F. and Martha (Shores) Snowden. She married Keith Brashear on August 26, 1943 in Palmyra, MO. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Lenny K. (Rhonda) Brashear of Canton, 3 daughters, Debbie K. (Brian) Kennelly of Danville, IA., Norma Lea (Jon) Owens of Renton, WA., Penny J. (Bill) Slack of Farmington, one sister, Shirley A. (Robert) Feeser of Canton, 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Max Snowden and one sister, Margaret Sparger. She was a member of the Farmington United Methodist Church. She was a past matron at the Maquon Eastern Star #530. Funeral service will be Saturday March 18, 2006 at 11:00am at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7:00pm. Pastor Alan Somer will officiate. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Canton Memory Walk.

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Richard M. Fulton

Richard M. Fulton, 76, of Canton, died Saturday March 11, 2006
at 11:40 AM at the Graham Hospital Canton. Born March 3, 1930 in Canton to
Charles and Evelyn Shubert Fulton. He 1st married Alma Mae Hughes, August
5, 1951 in Canton, she died March 26, 1973. He then married Janice (Boss)
Ballard Sept.12, 1977 in Las Vegas NV. She survives along with two sons
Steven R. (Mary Jane) Fulton of Carlock and Robert E. Fulton of Canton,
one step son Jack A. (Julie R.) Ballard of Canton, two step-daughters Julie L.
(John) DeFrates of Rocky Mount MO. and Merrie L. Beard of Canton.
Eight grand-children and one great-grand child, two brothers George “Dago” Fulton
and Russell Fulton both of Canton. He was preceded in death by his parents
his 1st wife and two brothers Charles Fulton and Don Fulton.
He worked in the Planning & Development dept. at the E. Peoria Caterpillar
plant for 38 years retiring in 1984.
He was a member of the Locust Lane United Methodist Church.
He belonged to the American Legion Post 16, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1984,
Loyal Order of the Moose #784 and the Canton Country Club, where he was a Past President, all of Canton. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he
served in Germany from 1951-1953.
The Funeral ceremony will be conducted by Pastor Stacy Tomich at 11:00 AM Wed. March 15, 2006 at The Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home Canton. The visitation will also be at the Memorial Home from 6-8 PM Tue. March 14, 2006.
Memorials may be made to his church. Cremation rites will be accorded after
the Funeral Ceremony.

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Mary M. Fawcett

Mary M. Fawcett, 82 of 1675 E. Ash St. Canton, IL. passed away March 10, 2006 at 4:06am at the Renaissance Care Center in Canton. She was born in Canton on April 13, 1923 to Richard and Anna (Robinson) Fawcett. She is survived by three nephews; Patrick Duncan of Canton, Michael Duncan of Peoria and Kent Fawcett of North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, John R. Fawcett and one sister, Elizabeth Duncan. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton. Funeral service will be on Monday March 13, 2006 at 11:00am at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Visitation will be one hour prior. Rev. Steve Knudson will officiate. Burial will be at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church

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John Milton Dennis

John Milton Dennis, 93, of Zephyrhills, FL died on Thursday, March 9, 2006, in Zephyrhills. He is survived by his wife, Fern Dennis of Zephyrhills; two daughters, Kathleen Fuller of New York City, N.Y., and Diann Berry of Asbury, N.J.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Patricia, (Steve) Berei of Zephyrhills, Rosemary (Verle) Utzinger of Fish Creek, Wis., and Virginia Ricer of Arizona; and a brother, Laurence (Marian) Dennis of Sterling, Ill. Mr. Dennis was born September 4, 1912, in Coleta, Ill., to Laurence E. and Alice (Harrison) Dennis. He and family members operated the Queen Castle Dairy and farm in Farmington, Ill. He was a past master of the Free and Accepted Masons of Farmington, Ill., and a member and for 60 years.
In 1950, he moved his family to Amboy, Ill., where he was a dairy farmer raising registered Guernsey cattle. One of his herd was first in state, judged to be “excellent” by Max Jetter. Mr. Dennis was a 4-H leader, an official cattle judge for the Guernsey Cattle Association and a Farm Bureau member for 55 years.
Mr. Dennis moved to Zephyrhills 33 years ago, where he was an AARP tax advisor and a longtime active member of First United Methodist Church. His ashes will be interred in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington on Tuesday afternoon, July 25 after a brief graveside service.

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Shirley J. Shaw

Shirley J. Shaw, 81 of 701 S. Main St. Farmington, IL. passed away March 6, 2006 at 10:25pm at Graham Hospital in Canton. She was born in Farmington, IL. on April 5, 1924 to Joseph and Hilda (Johnson) Shaw. They preceded her in death. She was of the Protestant Faith. She was a member of the Farmington Women of the Moose #470. There will be a visitation on Thursday March 9, 2006 from 10-10:45am at the Anderson Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington with a graveside service at 11:00am. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. Rev. Tony Severine will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad.

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Florence L. Hilst

Florence L. Hilst , 87 of 202 S. 9th St. Cuba, IL. passed away Sunday March 5, 2006 at 10:05am at the McDonough District Hospital in Macomb. She was born in Fairview, IL. on May 29, 1918 to Elbert and Mary ( Miller) Cheatham. She married August G. Hilst on April 3, 1943 in University City, MO. She is survived by one daughter, Carol L. Hall of Cuba, four grandchildren; Derek L. (Christine) Gravitt of Arlington, TX., Erin A. (Mirella) Gravitt of Fort Campbell, KY., Brenda L. Johnson (address unknown), and Grant Gravitt of Cuba, and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband (Sept. 1, 1993), one brother and three sisters. She first worked for the City of Peoria for 12 ½ years in the finance department. She then worked for RLI Insurance Co. in Peoria as a key tape operator. There will be a graveside service at White Chapel Memory Gardens at 1:00pm on Friday March 10, 2006 with a visitation from 12-12:45pm at the Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Pastor Stacy Tomich will officiate. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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